- R&D 100 Awards
Lonnie Love, PhD, is a Corporate Fellow and Group Leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and control of complex robotic and hydraulic systems. His primary expertise is in the areas of design, additive manufacturing, robotics and hydraulics. He is the project lead for the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) program at ORNL that is focusing on large scale, high speed composite additive manufacturing now being commercialized by Cincinnati Incorporated, a 116-year-old U.S. machine tool manufacturer.
Dr. Love recently partnered with Local Motors demonstrating the technology on the development of the Strati, the world’s first all-printed electric vehicle. In the fall of 2014, he was the “Printed Cobra” project lead, a six-week challenge to print an all-electric, additively manufactured Shelby Cobra.
Other recent research efforts have focused on developing new lightweight low-cost robotic and hydraulic systems through additive manufacturing. Lonnie is also passionate about STEM, serving as a mentor for multiple FIRST Robotics teams and working with FIRST to extend their impact into inner city and rural areas as well as initiating a new college internship program. Dr. Love was ORNL’s 2014 Distinguished Research Scientist, 2009 Inventor of the Year, has over 30 invention disclosures and patents and 75 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the scientific advisory board for NSF’s Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power.